Wednesday, April 16, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

UCD’s specialists have unique duties

By
October 6, 2010 | Leave Comment

Enterprise staff writer

Head out to a UC Davis football practice and at first glance, Sean Kelley, Colton Schmidt and Joey Waters wonÕt stand out at all.

The trio will be milling around the sidelines, watching practice and talking with their Aggie teammates. Pay attention to them longer, however, and they will distinguish themselves not for what they are doing but rather what they arenÕt Ñ namely, going through the same workouts as their fellow Aggies.

ThatÕs because Kelley, Schmidt and Waters Ñ UCDÕs kicker, punter and long snapper, respectively Ñ donÕt really have much to do out there. So during the extensive downtime between the portions of practice they participate in, the group that has been come to be known at The Specialists passes the time however they can.

ÒI try to joke around with some of the other guys just to keep my morale up,Ó said Kelley, a junior. ÒI also juggle the football like a soccer ball.Ó

Added Waters after a practice last week, ÒWe did have a debate today, which would explain how bored we were. The subject was grammar and pronunciation. ItÕs a mind game for us at practice.Ó

Between all the random activities they partake in, The Specialists do get in their fair share of workouts. But Kelley and Schmidt, a sophomore, can only kick so many field goals or punts before their legs get tired and, unlike the rest of the players on the field, they donÕt have backups to give them a break.

Every day The Specialists do some sort of kicking activity, whether that is specific types of kickoffs Ñ such as onside Ñ or pooch punting.

ÒWe come out 20 to 30 minutes early, do stretching and warm up,Ó said Waters, who is a true freshman. ÒWe pretty much have a field goal session every day, which is charted. They time our operation time from when it takes me to snap it and for (Kelley) to get the ball off.Ó

Being a special teams player requires a person to have two things Ñ patience and a sense of humor.

Dealing with the former, The Specialists pass the time however they can. They hold the first down sticks; catch footballs to help warm up the quarterbacks; talk to teammates, the trainers and the medical staff; mess around on the sideline; and, of course, watch the team prepare for the upcoming game.

The latter, well, becomes evident as soon as they open their mouths.

Schmidt on the other two: Ò(Joey) dreams about being a kicker during practice. … If (the Aggies) did a fake field goal, Sean would just get out of the way.Ó

Kelley on playing another position: ÒThere was one time that I went up to Coach Biggs and said, ÔHey, Coach Biggs, I had dream last night that I was a running back. How do you feel about making dreams come true?ÕÓ

Kelley on why he likes helping out the quarterbacks: ÒItÕs my chance to show how much more athletic I am than all the other guys.Ó

Waters on why they were recruited: ÒThe scholarship money doesnÕt really go to snapping or kicking Ñ it actually goes to holding the chains during practice.Ó

The Specialists realize their role on the team seems small relative to the rest of the players, but they donÕt really mind.

ÒI actually feel bad for them,Ó Kelley said with a smile. ÒThey actually have to be out there working the entire practice.Ó

For Kelley and Schmidt, they know that if theyÕre doing well, theyÕll get their fair share of the limelight. Kelley has been named Great West Special Teams Player of the Week three times, while Schmidt has earned the award twice.

Waters said he actually prefers not to be noticed much because it means that heÕs doing exactly what heÕs supposed to.

ÒI donÕt really get the spotlight,Ó Waters said. ÒIf anybody knows my name, IÕm messing up, so I donÕt really want the spotlight on me. If (Kelley and Schmidt) are doing well, they get their name out there but if my name is out, IÕm looking for a new place to stay.Ó

Notes: Schmidt is the only one of The Specialists who has recorded a tackle this year, as he got two assists in the season opener against Cal. Schmidt also had two solo tackles last year. While Kelley doesnÕt have any in 2010, he can claim one solo tackle last year and three in 2008. … Kelley is also known as Seabass, after Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski. As a true freshman in 2007, Kelley was listed at 5-foot-9, 235 pounds Ñ heÕs since slimmed down to 215 Ñ and was given the nickname on his first day at UCD by athletic trainer Jeff Hogan. … Waters took over the long snapper position from Jake Jondle, who graduated last year. … Schmidt admitted to playing some defensive tackle in high school while Waters played linebacker.

Ñ Reach Conor Tekautz at ctekautz@davisenterprise.net or (530) 747-8049. Comment on this story or check out The Enterprise sports blog at www.davisenterprise.com. To view photo galleries and purchase prints of UCD football visit http://photos.davisenterprise.com

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

News

 
‘Eco-Heroes’ help get us from here to there

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Davis elder-abuse case wraps up

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

CHP seeks owner of lost cash

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
 
Home building up in March after frigid winter

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Family fiction in miniature showcased at bookstore event

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Local professor subdues unruly man on flight

By Adrian Glass-Moore | From Page: A3, 2 Comments

Yolo Crisis Nursery is in crisis; please help

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Meditation, Buddhism classes offered

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Seniors can get tips for getting around town

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
School has garden plots for rent

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Sugar overload, on ‘Davisville’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Rotarians, students, teachers, parents collaborate on planter boxes

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Hop to it: Easter Bunny meets Davis history tour

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Garden doctor: Veggie gardening available year-round

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Animal expert explains dogs’ thinking

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Check out the night sky

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Central Park Gardens to host Volunteer Orientation Day

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
.

Forum

Still supporting this guy

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

Urban forest under siege

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6, 5 Comments

 
Drought care for our trees

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

.

Sports

 
UCD staff allows 19 hits in Causeway rout

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
DHS softball struggles in nonleague outing

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Devils open Boras Classic by splitting games

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
JV/frosh roundup: DHS sweeps a trio of baseball games

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Baseball roundup: River Cats get by Grizzlies at Raley

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Giants beat L.A. in 12

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Sports briefs: Stanford sends Aggies home with a lacrosse loss

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
.

Features

 
.

Arts

Red Union Blue inks record deal

By Landon Christensen | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Craft Center exhibit explores ‘Possibilities’

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

RootStock to host wine themed plein aire exhibit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
The California Honeydrops to bring danceable groove to The Palms

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

See Flower Power exhibit at Gallery 625

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6